Amazon once again crowns Alexandria, Virginia as its ‘most well-read city in America’

Amazon once again crowns Alexandria, Virginia as its ‘most well-read city in America’

Amazon released today its annual list of the “most well-read cities in America.” The ranking is established using the total sales of books, magazines and newspapers, both in print and in Kindle formats, since June 2012. The list works on a per-capita basis in cities that count more than 10,000 residents.

Just as last year, Alexandria in Virginia tops the list, followed by Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville was previously ranked at the 12th place, meaning it is the city that saw the biggest improvement in its ranking between 2012 and 2013. Books that fall in the Romance category, including worldwide literary sensation Fifty Shades of Grey, are most popular in Knoxville.

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2011’s number one, and last year’s number two, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has fallen down to the fourth place this year. It is still the city in which business and investment books are most popular.

The most popular book sold in Alexandria was Gone Girl, followed by the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Here are the top 20 cities:

1. Alexandria, Va.
2. Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Miami, Fla.
4. Cambridge, Mass.
5. Orlando, Fla.
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. Berkeley, Calif.
8. Cincinnati, Ohio
9. Columbia, S.C.
10. Pittsburgh, Penn.
11. St. Louis, Mo.
12. Salt Lake City, Utah
13. Seattle, Wash.
14. Vancouver, Wash.
15. Gainesville, Fla.
16. Atlanta, Ga.
17. Dayton, Ohio
18. Richmond, Va.
19. Clearwater, Fla.
20. Tallahassee, Fla.

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